In the wake of COVID-19 outbreaks affecting multiple teams around the NFL, the upcoming Week 6 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills has been postponed.
Instead of facing off on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Bills Stadium, the defending champions will take on Buffalo three days later, on Sunday, Oct. 18.
“Titans-Bills game scheduled for Sunday is being moved to Tuesday at 6 pm as long as there are no more positive tests with Tennessee, per sources,” ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted. “Bills-Chiefs game being switched from next Thursday to Sunday but goes back [if] more positive tests in Tennessee, per source.”
The Tennessee Titans have registered 23 positive tests amongst personnel since Sept. 24 – including another positive test on Thursday — prompting the NFL and NFLPA to launch an investigation into whether head coach Mike Vrabel's team broke protocol.
The Titans were forced to close their facility last week and only conduct virtual gatherings, but the league is looking into whether the team held off-site workouts.
Tennessee's Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was rescheduled from last Sunday to Oct. 25, Week 7, which would have been the Titans' bye week. Continued positive tests caused their matchup with the Bills to be moved from Sunday to Tuesday, which would have forced Buffalo to play Kansas City on one days rest.
Instead, the Bills will get a few extra days before dealing with Patrick Mahomes and company.
However, as Schefter notes, all of these schedule alterations are dependent on the Titans and other teams testing negative all-around.
Earlier in the week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a memo threatening forfeiture of games if teams are found to have breached COVID protocol — a punishment that many folks around the league reportedly felt the Titans deserve, rather than force other compliant teams to re-adjust their calendars.